May 17, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)


William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)


Puttee from Winnipeg; he is hard as adamant compared with this government when it comes to taking the money out of the pockets of the people. I am glad that the Minister of Justice condescends to give the Bill a little attention, because most members of the cabinet get a cold fever whenever we come up to discuss it. Where are the Ontario ministers ? The Minister of Customs had a warning of what was in store for him. He was in two by-elections, and when he talked of this great Grand Trunk Pacific scheme he was dumfounded at the lack of applause that greeted his efforts. But there was a time when the Minister of Justice had not much interest in the Bill ; in fact there was a time when the members from Quebec district were rather adverse to it. That was when the Grand Trunk Pacific promoters looked upon the parliament of Canada as a business body, and when Mr. Hays and his friends wanted to submit a business proposition. But the representatives from the Quebec district, afterwards followed by others, intimated that it was not a business but a political proposition they were after, and of course, that proposition includes the sale of this wonderful and at present useless Quebec bridge.

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